Conversations and Connections

Practical Advice on Writing

WHEN 10/22/2016 9:00 AM
WHERE Pittsburgh, PA Chatham University

What is Conversations and Connections?

Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and has been held for the past 9 years in Washington DC, and the past 2 in Pittsburgh. All proceeds go to Barrelhouse and participating small presses and literary magazines.

What Will You Get?

A whole lot of stuff! For your $70 registration fee, you get the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors keynote discussion, and 3 craft workshop/panel sessions, plus 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors, your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books, 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those of you 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour. Boxed Wine Happy Hour!

What Past Participants Have Said

"I think the most useful thing about the conference was the atmosphere. It was very non-pretentious and inviting. As someone who has never attended a conference before, I suppose I had some preconceived notion. But I thought everyone from the facilitators to the attendees to the panelists were accessible and friendly and helpful. The sense of community and new relationships was well worth it."


Making Connections

Speed Dating with Editors, Workshops and Panel Discussions, Boxed Wine Happy Hour

Sponsors, Hosts, Other Awesome Contributors

Conversations and Connections was founded and is organized by Barrelhouse, a nonprofit literary organization that publishes a twice yearly literary magazine, as well as a website where literary things happen.

George Mason University, Department of English

The George Mason University English Department is dedicated to creating a learning environment that impresses the idea of writing and reading as a scholarly and creative exercise. It employs instructors who are actively engaged in the writing community, including authors and researchers who are publishing works even as they teach classes. They show students the importance of an English Degree through example.

The Writers CenterThe Writer’s Center cultivates the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. We are an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic community of writers. As one of the premier centers of our kind in the country, we believe the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages. Writing is interdisciplinary and unique among the arts for its ability to touch on all aspects of the human experience. It enriches our lives and opens doors to knowledge and understanding.

Submissions made simple. Accept, review, and manage manuscripts, films, audio, applications, and entries. Trusted by over 7000 organizations.

Upshur Street Books
Upshur Street Books is a neighborhood bookstore in the Petworth neighborhood of DC with a focus on literary fiction, art books, children's books and local authors.

Stillhouse Press
Stillhouse Press is committed to publishing writers, both emerging and established, whose work affirms the enduring power of the written word to inform and delight.

In the rapidly changing landscape of small press publishing, our focus is craft publishing, combining traditional print methods with new technologies and working closely with our authors to develop and promote their work.

We are an independent, student-run nonprofit press based out of Northern Virginia, and work in collaboration with the annual Fall for the Book festival.

Relegation Books